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Discrimination Against Nigerians On Ebola Must Stop – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that with the declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) certifying Nigeria Ebola-free, it is expected that Nigerians will no longer suffer discriminatory checks and stigmatisation abroad.

Jonathan spoke in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja when he received the foreign minister of Germany, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier and that of France, Mr Laurent Fabius who said they were in Nigeria to seek further cooperation from the federal government in the growing global effort to contain the current outbreak and continuing spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

President Jonathan told them that the Nigerian government was still angry over the stigmatisation of Nigerians by some countries after the Ebola virus entered Nigeria in July through a Liberian traveller.

According to him, there was no justifiable basis for the stigmatisation of Nigerians since Ebola was rapidly contained in the country and it never attained epidemic levels.

He told Fabius and Steinmeier that Nigeria will remain fully vigilant to prevent the re-entry of the virus because the federal government recognises that the country will remain at risk as long as Ebola is active in other West African countries or any other part of the world.

Jonathan further assured the visiting ministers that Nigeria will, therefore, cooperate fully with other concerned nations to stop the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as quickly as possible.

The two foreign ministers, while applauding Nigeria for its successful containment of the virus, expressed the desire of France, Germany and the European Union to collaborate more with Nigeria in helping other West African countries where the virus still remains active.

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